What are the best components for a gaming PC?

Tanveer Ahmed December 6, 2011
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I’m going to build a gaming PC for myself and I need help choosing between the following parts.

ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Motherboard/ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 LGA 1155 Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz/Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.6GHz

ASUS EAH6970 Radeon HD 6970 /ASUS ENGTX570 GeForce GTX 570

Please help me choose the motherboard, processor and graphics cards. Thanks!

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  1. Anonymous
    December 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    you can find here some benchmarks Radeon HD 6970 VS GeForce GTX 570
    http://www.hwcompare.com/9020/geforce-gtx-570-vs-radeon-hd-6970/
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/292?vs=306

    I think The Radeon HD 6970 is little more expensive than the GeForce GTX 570. Overall, the two cards are equal in terms of performance, the first being generally faster at 2560x1600 and the second being slightly better at 1680x1050.  However, that for the price of a HD 6970, you
    can get a Radeon HD 6850 CrossFire. They have the same video output, and the UVD3 MSAA, but, once associated, faster. In short, if you have room for two cards on your motherboard is the way to go.

    concerning
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz/Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.6GHz
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/21
    the Core i7-2600K quad / eight threads (with Hyper-Threading enabled) is 25% faster than the Core i5-2500K quad / four threads (without Hyper-Threading).

  2. Mike
    December 7, 2011 at 6:38 am

    This is more of a budget question than a technical one.

    The P8P67 and the Sabertooth are pretty much the same performance wise ~ the difference is less than 1% in favor of the Sabertooth.

    The Core i7 on the other hand definitely offers more performance than the Core i5 but also comes at a higher price.

    For the graphics card I don't want to make any real judgement. Personally I prefer NVIDIA (Geforce) over AMD ATI (Radeon).
    From the benchmarks both cards are (again) almost the same ~ one being stronger in this and weaker in that.
    Personally I believe the GTX570 is slightly ahead until you reach HD resolution (1920x1080 and above) where the Radeons strength in high resolution Anti-Aliasing kicks in delivering better performance.